Featured Research Project
“Improving robotic surgery”
Dorsey Standish, 2009, Engineering
For my PURM project, my mentor, Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, set a goal of improving the quality of robotic surgery. Delving into this medical application of mechanical engineering allowed me to collaborate with PhD students Will McMahan and Joe Romano as well as Masters student Jamie Gewirtz. I even got the chance to mentor a high school student, Jared Katz, who spent six weeks working in the Haptics Lab this summer. In collaboration with these other students, I investigated ways to improve Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System, a robot used for minimally invasive urological and cardiac surgery. We aimed to give the surgeon improved tactile feedback; our research’s tagline became “Feel what you see.”
Recent Awards & News
Meghan Hussey graduated from Penn in 2012 with a bachelor’s in international relations and political science where she conducted research with Professor Brendan O’Leary. Meghan spent a summer as an intern with the Ministry of Health in Botswana. She was then a research assistant at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania Center for Autism Research, where she helped develop the curriculum for a freshman seminar about autism. She received a Fulbright grant to China in 2012-2013 to investigate services for adolescents and adults with autism. She is now working in Tanzania for the Mosaic Collaborative for Disabilities Policy and Practice.
The Mitchell Scholarship will allow Meghan to continue to study international aspects of disability services while in Ireland.
The George J Mitchell Scholarship is funded by the US-Ireland Alliance. It sends twelve young Americans for study in Ireland each year, using a national competition based on scholarship, leadership and a sustained commitment to community service.
Brynn was featured in the October 17 edition of the Penn Current for her role in this year’s PennApps hackathon!
Every day of Penn Previews (April 5, 8, 15, 22, 23):
8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Meet Penn Undergraduate researchers from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships & check out their research posters during Penn Previews Registration & Breakfast
Irvine Auditorium, Breakfast area
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Q&A with Research Peer Advisors
Meet with Dr. Harriet Joseph, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and head of the University Scholars program
Meet Dr. Wallace Genser, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
The Class of 1947 Room (Room 314) Houston Hall (April 8 & 15)
The Griski Room (Room 311) Houston Hall (April 22 & 23)
If you’re around on Friday, please come to the weekly University Scholars research lunch at noon in our office at 220 S. 40th St, 2nd Floor.
Benjamin Franklin Scholars
Come and meet Faculty Director Peter Struck, Associate Director Linda Wiedmann, and current Benjamin Franklin Scholars in the Benjamin Franklin Room of Houston Hall
April 5th, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 3:00-4:00
Learn more about the BFS program and the Integrated Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences
Friday, April 5 ONLY:
Undergraduate Research Conference
The Class of 1947 Room (Room 314) Houston Hall
Hear Penn student researchers deliver academic papers & “60-second lectures” on their research projects
Co-Sponsored by CURF and the College House Research Fellows Program
Evelyn Boettcher (COL ’10) has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and will pursue a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Evelyn is among 40 U.S. students awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships this year, and is the 23rd Gates Cambridge Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania since the beginning of the program in 2001.
To learn more about applying for next year’s Gates Cambridge Scholarship, visit our page on it.
Due to the extreme weather conditions and the university closure, the College Alumni Society Research Grant and Vagelos Research Grant have had their deadlines extended to Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 PM.